Monday, December 7, 2009

DYI Ornament Party: Spool Ornaments

I sew a lot and constantly run out of thread. Since I can not throw a single thing away-ever-, I have saved every plastic spool.

I happen to have a box full of wooden spools that my grandmother (who also could not throw a thing away-it truly is a genetic disorder) saved for me. As a child I would play with those spools in so many ways. Mostly they were stools for my Barbies. My former kindergarten students used the wooden spools in block center. Wooden spools are worth saving.

But what to do with those plastic ones?

Spool Ornaments
Voila! Christmas ornaments! The tiny trees came from a garage sale, but I am sure that Hobby Lobby or Michael's probably has them too. I bleached some of my trees to make them white and then rolled them in clear glitter to make them a little shiny. The gold "ornaments" are tiny brads used for scrapbooking.  I used scrap paper, ribbon, and odds and ends to decorate the spools.
Spool Ornaments
Here are two more traditional ones. See, I have even joined in on the burlap craze. (Gotta say, I don't like the smell and the neutral color just doesn't do it for me like bright colors do. Tried to love burlap, not there yet.)

I used quilting thread to make hangers. These were totally addictive!

I'm headed over to Centsational Girl to see everyone's ideas! Come along!
Centsational Girl

And you know, when I have trash... I link up to Reinvented's Trash to Treasure!


Sarah said...

Goodness, how much do I love those pink and white ones? Way too much.

(I wanted to see themm bigger but flickr said the photo was private?)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I have a few wooden spools that now will have a new use. Clever!

I hope that you will come by and see the ornaments I made: pearl encrusted star, crystal and button ball and an anthro inspired tree topper.

Holly said...

That is so cute! I used to have a bunch of my grandma's wooden spools, but now I'm not sure where they are. Rats.

laterg8r said...

that is a great idea - i played with the wooden spools as a kid too :D

janice said...



HollyLynne said...

Cute upcycle! :)

Centsational Girl said...

Clever girl! I never knew what to do with my spools till now. Thanks for the inspiration and for linking. Big hugs!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Oh my...these are truly gorgeous! Thanks for sharing & inspiring! Stop by and see my creation this week and let me know what you think!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Yay, I love these! So pretty and colorful, what a great trash to treasure! So glad you linked up.

Ashley said...

Oh very cool!
(I have missed out on so many posts! I was without internet and phone for awhile due to some crazy weather!)
I really like the white trees. Honestly, I don't think I would have ever thought to bleach them. I probably would have spray painted them or something. haha

Wendy said...

Those are adorable!